Montana Newscasts

Montana Public Radio's morning & evening newscasts.

Morning Newscast 04-13-15

Apr 13, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the state House Judiciary Committee held a rare Saturday hearing on the Flathead tribal water rights this weekend.

Government scientists say a warming climate could significantly reduce the amount of greater sage grouse habitat in portions of Wyoming, a key stronghold for the troubled bird species.

A 28 year old Bozeman skier has died after being swept over a rock face by a small avalanche in Gallatin County.

The Bonner School superintendent has been charged with misdemeanor assault of a family member.

Evening Newscast 04-10-15

Apr 10, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The fight to stop Medicaid expansion in Montana isn’t over yet. Republicans in the state house are trying a new approach to stopping the bill that the House approved yesterday.

Capitol Reporter Steve Jess has an update on today's House Rules Committee meeting over the Medicaid expansion bill.

The Montana House endorsed a bill that would require health insurance companies to offer coverage plans that do not cover elective abortions.

Montana representatives passed a bill that would request the federal government to pay Montana 5% of all public land sales.

Morning Newscast 04-10-15

Apr 10, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Montana House of Representatives has given preliminary approval to a Medicaid expansion proposal that has been called the most conservative in the nation.

Montana senators have endorsed a budget to fund state services for the next two years.

Senators have turned away a proposal to repeal federal Common Core standards from Montana's public education system.

Montana lawmakers are slated to hear public testimony on a proposed water deal concerning the Flathead Reservation.

Evening Newscast 04-09-15

Apr 9, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Ivan Doig, an award-winning author whose books set in his native Montana made him one of the most respected writers of the American West, has died. He was 75.

The Montana House has passed the hotly-contested Medicaid expansion bill. MTPR's Steve Jess followed the debate at the capitol.

Friday at the state Legislature, lawmakers will hear about a bill that would change who investigates false medical marijuana claims, and ups the penalties.

Morning Newscast 04-09-15

Apr 9, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, despite two days of political maneuvering by opponents, a Medicaid expansion bill will come up for debate and vote in the Montana House today.

Veterans seeking care at Montana's largest VA hospital experience more long delays than the national average despite pledges by senior officials to cut down on wait times.

Evening Newscast 04-08-15

Apr 8, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a Medicaid expansion bill is still alive at the Montana legislature. It will be voted on by the full House of Representatives tomorrow afternoon.

State lawmakers debated reproductive rights today.

The Ravalli County commission is trying to find someone who can track down former county treasurer Valerie Stamey.

Morning Newscast 04-08-15

Apr 8, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, one of the biggest bills in this year’s Montana Legislature remains in limbo.

Montana senators are contemplating a fee system to pay for repairs to pedestrian trails around the state.

The Montana Senate has voted down a proposal that would have punished people who watch, not organize, animal fights.

The company responsible for a 30,000 gallon oil spill into the Yellowstone River will try to remove its breached pipeline today as regulators investigate the cause of the accident that contaminated downstream water supplies.

Evening Newscast 04-07-15

Apr 7, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Democratic leadership at the state legislature is trying to revive a compromise Medicaid expansion bill on the House Floor

Former Montana Governor Tim Babcock died Tuesday morning at the age of 95.

A 24-year-old man has acknowledged stabbing a well-known photographer and philanthropist to death in downtown Billings.

Poor weather may have played a role in a small airplane crash that killed a Canadian pilot in MAHR County in March.

Morning Newscast 04-07-15

Apr 7, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, a judge has heard closing arguments in the city of Missoula's effort to gain ownership of the water company that serves its residents.

U.S. safety officials say tank cars carrying oil or ethanol by rail urgently need to be retrofitted to make them more fire-resistant after a spate of explosive accidents in recent months.

A Montana man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering after prosecutors said his companies ran up $70 million in unauthorized charges on phone bills across the nation in a "cramming" scheme.

Evening Newscast 04-06-15

Apr 6, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, closing arguments concluded today in the condemnation trail for the City of Missoula’s water system.

A 46-year-old California man with a lengthy criminal record has been sentenced to 100 years in prison in a Montana drug case.

A lawyer for the company that owns Missoula’s city water system says it’s proven it can operate the system better than the city, and therefore it should not be forced to sell it to the city through condemnation.

Evening Newscast 04-03-15

Apr 3, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The state Highway Patrol has reached a settlement with plaintiffs in a lawsuit claiming the patrol improperly detained Hispanic drivers over unfounded concerns they were in the country illegally.

Fewer wolf deaths were reported in Montana in 2014 than in the previous year, but the population is trending downward.

The Montana Legislature is taking a Spring Break through Monday as it prepares for its final four weeks of work.  Steve Jess has a look at what lawmakers have done so far.

Evening Newscast 04-02-15

Apr 2, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: A 25-year-old Columbia Falls man says he was intoxicated and looking for drugs when he broke into a Kalispell clinic last year and caused significant damage.

Following a tour of some of Montana’s V-A health facilities this week, Democrat Jon Tester sent a letter to fellow senators asking for $244 million to train more nurses.

Montana's Crow Tribe has reached an agreement with federal officials to jointly develop hydropower on the Yellowtail Afterbay Dam.

Evening Newscast 04-01-15

Apr 1, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Today at the state legislature, discussions started in the Senate about the state budget.

The assistant helitack manager on the Helena National Forest is the only survivor of helicopter crash in Mississippi Monday.

The only Medicaid expansion plan that’s still alive in the Montana Legislature has been assigned to a House Committee – the same committee that killed Governor Bullock’s original Medicaid expansion plan last month.

State lawmakers passed a measure urging school employees to complete suicide awareness and prevention training.

Evening Newscast 03-31-15

Mar 31, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: Today at the state Legislature, the House of Representatives voted down a bill to allow concealed weapons on college campuses.

Authorities on the high line have recovered the body of a Canadian man, the last of three foreign tourists who were found dead after going missing during a November fishing trip.

VA secretary Robert McDonald is hearing a range of concerns about his agency's performance on a two-day tour of VA facilities in Montana.

Evening Newscast 03-30-15

Mar 30, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast: The state Senate has passed a Republican lawmaker's compromise Medicaid expansion bill.

Some conservation groups and outdoor-related business are critical of U.S. Sen. Steve Daines for his vote on an amendment related to federal land transfers.

A federal appeals court has affirmed the mental competency of a man sentenced to die for kidnapping, torturing and murdering an Idaho boy in 2005.

Ravalli County officials have released the name of a 74-year-old Conner man who died after falling into the Bitterroot River while fishing.

Evening Newscast 03-26-15

Mar 26, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A problem with the company that’s administering Montana's student achievement tests has postponed the start of the so-called “Smarter Balanced” exams.

Top executives from Montana's largest mining company are relocating to Denver and plan to close its corporate offices in Billings.

A 74-year-old Darby-area man drowned in the Bitterroot River yesterday after the boat he and two others were in struck a submerged log, throwing all three men into the river.

Morning Newscast 03-26-15

Mar 26, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Veterans Administration has made a change that should make it easier for Montana vets to get health care.

Montana senators have endorsed the only surviving bill to raise highway speed limits.

State and federal regulators say the response to a 30,000 gallon oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River is shifting from emergency crude recovery to long-term monitoring and remediation.

The last-standing Medicaid expansion bill in the Montana Legislature has had a second hearing after it stalled in a different committee.

Evening Newscast 03-25-15

Mar 25, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, State and federal regulators say the response to a 30,000-gallon oil spill into the Yellowstone River near Glendive is shifting from emergency crude recovery to long-term monitoring and remediation.

The Veterans Administration has made a change that should make it easier for Montana vets to get health care.

Critics of a Montana “religious freedom” bill say that the measure would actually promote discrimination, even anarchy, if it’s passed.

Morning Newscast 03-25-15

Mar 25, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, the Montana House yesterday passed a bill requiring fetuses past twenty weeks of gestation to be anesthetized before any surgery.

A House tax panel is expected to take action this week on a three-year state revenue estimate that's a compromise between the latest recommendations from lawmakers and the governor's office.

The Federal Aviation Administration yesterday approved expansion of the Powder River Training Complex, a huge new airspace for military bombers to practice.

Evening Newscast 03-24-15

Mar 24, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, State Department of Revenue officials today sided against former real estate mogul Tim Blixeth, who challenged the state's tax claims.

A new study has found no evidence that forests infested with mountain pine beetles are more likely to burn than healthy ones.

A University of Montana student is recovering from a hantavirus infection that left him hospitalized for nine days.

Morning Newscast 03-24-15

Mar 24, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, a bill signed by Montana's governor could pave the way to clemency for Barry Beach.

A state Senate committee has stalled in its consideration of a measure to expand Medicaid to low-income Montanans that would require they pay health care premiums and copayments.

Montana lawmakers have rejected a move designed to eliminate some of Montana's least populated counties.

Montana lawmakers are considering whether to appropriate state funds to help prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

Evening Newscast 03-23-15

Mar 23, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Montana senators have given nearly unanimous approval to a slate of bills that would boost community-based mental health care.

A Glacier National Park ranger shot and killed a mountain lion this weekend as it fought with a park employee's dog.

Tuesday at the Montana Legislature, one state lawmaker is going on the defensive to protect the Colstrip power plant and the surrounding community.

Morning Newscast 03-23-15

Mar 23, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald will tour Montana VA facilities on March 31 and April 1.

The Legislature has passed a measure to update Montana's indecent exposure law and to include electronic transmission of images.

Medical professionals from across the country met at the University of Montana to brainstorm ideas on how to solve the health care problems of rural communities.

An auction to benefit the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls grossed just over $5.6 million.

Evening Newscast 03-20-15

Mar 20, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On tonight's evening newscast, Two Republican Medicaid expansion bills got hearings in the state legislature today.

Montana regulators say they won't move forward on a proposal for a major new coal mine until sponsor Arch Coal, Inc. addresses hundreds of deficiencies in its application.

The University of Montana says it’s been notified of a case of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome in Missoula County. Hantavirus can cause severe respiratory symptoms and death.

Morning Newscast 03-20-15

Mar 20, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, Governor Steve Bullock had strong words yesterday for House Republicans as they continue to shut out Democratic attempts to restore programs and funding proposed in his biennial budget.

Exxon Mobil Corp. has completed $1.3 million in environmental projects as part of its settlement of water pollution violations from a 2011 pipeline break into Montana's Yellowstone River.

Republicans in the state House yesterday approved a two year, $10 billion spending package for state government.

Evening Newscast 03-19-15

Mar 19, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, Governor Steve Bullock had strong words today for House Republicans as they continue to shut out Democratic attempts to restore programs and funding proposed in his biennial budget.

A new bill to expand Medicaid in Montana gets its first hearing in the state legislature tomorrow.

Democrats in the Montana House Thursday tried to resurrect Governor Steve Bullock’s “Early Edge” plan for statewide pre-school programs.

Morning Newscast 03-19-15

Mar 19, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, attorneys presented their opening arguments yesterday in the city of Missoula’s lawsuit to force the sale of its water utility from current owner the Carlyle Group.

The Montana House has begun a contentious two-day debate on the state's biennial budget, making last session's bipartisan House budget deal seem a distant memory.

Federal judicial officials have been ordered to preserve hundreds of racist and inappropriate emails that prompted Montana's former chief U.S. District Judge to resign.

Evening Newscast 03-18-15

Mar 18, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast, a bomb threat prompted evacuation of both Montana State University Billings and its 2-year affiliate program, City College, this morning.

The Montana House began a contentious two-day debate Wednesday on the state's biennial budget, making last session's bipartisan House budget deal seem a distant memory.

Attorneys presented their opening arguments today in the city of Missoula’s lawsuit to force the sale of its water utility from current owners, Mountain Water Company and the Carlyle Group.

Morning Newscast 03-18-15

Mar 18, 2015
MTPR Morning Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of Montana Morning Newscast, with the governor's Medicaid expansion proposal defeated, a Great Falls lawmaker has unveiled another health coverage plan that also seeks to reduce the number of people in poverty.

Montana Lawmakers are considering a resolution asking Congress and the President to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which President Obama has already vetoed once.

Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.4 percent in January.

Evening Newscast 03-17-15

Mar 17, 2015
MTPR Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

On this edition of the Montana Evening Newscast,  the so-called dark money bill in Montana's legislature took another step forward on Tuesday after passing the Senate last month.

Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.4 percent in January.

The Montana Legislature would meet every year if Stevensville Senator Fred Thomas gets his way.

A Missoula man serving a 70-year prison sentence for killing a German exchange student in his garage last spring has denied any negligence in response to a lawsuit filed by the teen's family.

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